Housing for Displaced and Vulnerable Families

One of our most urgent missions!

Poor families in developing nations often live in flimsy shacks, cobbled together from mud, branches, rusty sheet metal and scraps of plastic. Water leaks through the roofs and walls, damaging the inhabitants’ few possessions and turning dirt floors into mud. Children struggle to sleep and study for school as the rains pour in, and families have trouble securing themselves against vermin and intruders. Even a simple storm can threaten to collapse these precarious structures, let alone a catastrophic tempest like Cyclone Idai.

With support from our generous donors like you, Cross Catholic Outreach changes lives by elevating the living situations of families in desperate need. Donations to our General Housing Fund build sturdy, new houses or repair dilapidated homes. These donations also equip us to respond quickly when emergency housing situations arise. 

By joining with us, you can help bring stability and security and show the love of Christ to vulnerable families around the world.

Project Highlight:
Thanganyika Village, Malawi

Earlier this year, Cyclone Idai tore through three countries in southeastern Africa – Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. The cyclone was one of the largest storms to hit the area. In Malawi alone, over 94,000 families were displaced from their homes.

Soon after the cyclone hit, Cross Catholic Outreach sent aid to help families shore up damaged homes. Today, one of our most urgent missions is to address the long-term housing needs of those vulnerable families affected by Cyclone Idai.

We have committed to building new homes in Thanganyika Village in Malawi, where approximately 335 houses collapsed, leaving the community broken and overwhelmed. The new homes will be made of concrete, providing added security and allowing families to regain a sense of normalcy as they begin to move forward from this tragedy.

Become the hands and feet of Jesus to these families by contributing to our housing fund.

Roderick at the old house

At a Glance: Cyclone Idai in Malawi

  • Cyclone Idai hit Malawi in early March, displacing more than 94,000 FAMILIES.
  • The storm destroyed 335 HOMES in Thanganyika Village.
  • Displaced families have taken shelter in neighbors’ homes and local schools. They cannot afford to rebuild their houses.

Meet the Project Officer: Sarah Jeske

Sarah Jeske is an International Projects Officer for Cross Catholic Outreach. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, and with her background, she has a unique understanding of what effective and sustainable relief programs are supposed to look like. Sarah is passionate about serving alongside Catholic missionaries and is focused on empowering people in the developing world.

Please Give Generously

to provide safe housing around the world

Please — restore peace to those who are suffering. Help them raise their children in a secure, stable environment and build homes that will keep them safe from future storms!

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Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps to breaks the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

Donations from this campaign will be used to provide housing for needy families worldwide through June 30, 2020, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.